Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Love letter to my 2-year old baby girl swinging on a puffy cloud, blue skies day.

Swinging // Love Letter {Wordless Wednesday}

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Love letter to my 2-year old baby girl swinging on a puffy cloud, blue skies day.

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PS. Curious about the text in the clouds? My amazing Aussie friend, Melissa Shanhun at Digital Scrapbooking HQ, has a ton of tips and tutorials, and that’s where I learned how to add text inside a shape in Photoshop CS6 : )

Going, Going, Gone {Photo Fridays}

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I knew my settings weren’t right, but I had seconds to get the shot before the car was gone and the opportunity missed. Here’s my original shot:

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Yup, just a tad blue! But again, I knew I had a brief window, and I could work with the image in Lightroom to change the coloring. So using the presets that came in Lightroom, along with some favorites from onOne Software and My Four Hens, I took that original blue image and converted it to these black and whites, and sepia toned images:

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Add a little grit, a little vignetting, and all is right with the world. Is it the greatest shot ever? Absolutely not. But no staging, no re-do’s; just a brief slice of time to capture this and play with it in Lightroom. Using the Develop mode sliders and presets gave me some beautiful options for this image. I’m a happy camper and can’t complain!

So the moral of the story? Don’t be afraid to get a bad shot. Don’t miss a moment because your settings aren’t right. We’re lucky enough to have incredible software at our fingertips to help us take a leap with those shots. You won’t be kicking yourself for a bad shot, but you will be kicking yourself for a missed shot!

Thanks for stopping by and have a joyful, creative, blessing filled day!
Live creatively!
xoxo,
/c

Using Presets on the Eiffel Tower

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I’ve just returned from a fantastic girls trip to France. After spending 4-1/2 days in Paris, we headed to the South of France where we spent a few more days exploring before heading back home. I’ve been friends with most of my travel companions for over 20 years. I’m so lucky to have friends like these and to be able to share such an amazing experience with them!

Our first day in Paris was filled with beautiful blue skies and puffy white clouds. We were expecting lots of rain, so it was quite a pleasant surprise! I wish I could say the entire trip was sun, blue skies and pretty clouds, but alas, the rain did come, as did snow! Yes, snow, in Paris! It was lovely. Cold and a bit gray, but lovely! More of that to come in a future post.

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But for now, I’ve uploaded all 2200+ images into Lightroom. I’m in the process of rating, key wording and editing my images. The one above is one of my favorites so far, so I’ve used it to play with to see what style / look I want to go with. I used some of my favorite presets from My Four Hens (M4H) – Sarah has developed some of my favorite go-to presets, and onOne Vintage presets – I’m loving the looks created with this Eiffel Tower shot.

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I know I’ll be posting lots more from this trip, but I’m having fun with the presets and wanted to share. Any Lightroom presets you use and love? Please share!

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Thanks for stopping by and have a joyful, creative, blessing filled day!
Live creatively!
xoxo,
/c

My love of Natural Light {Photo Fridays}

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Super-Secret Hanks Family Chili – my daughters favorite!
1/40, f/2.8, ISO 250, 28mm, photographed in cool morning light

Unless you’re set up with studio lighting, I find it is so important to use natural light when photographing, especially food! The above photo was taken with indirect, cool morning light. It’s clean, bright light, but not direct, not harsh. In my eyes, it’s yummy light, perfectly complimenting a yummy recipe below!  Continue reading